The Times of Israel reports: Security forces arrested a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group off the Gaza coast suspected of planning to sink an Israeli naval patrol boat and kidnap any survivors last month, Israel revealed on Wednesday. The plan was to use three boats to lure in a navy ship, fire a missile at it and then seize the wounded and slain soldiers, according to a joint statement by the Shin Bet security service and Israel Defense Forces. This plot was foiled on the night of March 12, when the navy’s 916th Patrol Squadron stopped a Palestinian boat that had left the designated Gaza fishing zone. … [Read more...] about Watch: Israel Thwarts Islamic Jihad Missile Attack on Navy Boats
T.C. Oneyear, 70, was attempting to cook food for family at 8:40 a.m. Saturday when he approached the detached garage at his home on Quaker Drive in southern Pasquotank County, said Sheriff Randy Cartwright. When he opened the side door while holding a candle, the garage exploded knocking Oneyear back onto concrete where he hit his head. He was also burned by flames, he said. The front doors for vehicle entry were blown 30 feet from the building. … [Read more...] about Retired Navy veteran killed in N.C. home explosion
An official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the area where the destroyer sailed — close to Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands — has been a topic of dispute for China and its neighboring nations for years, the Strait Times reported. No other details regarding the operation were revealed. … [Read more...] about US Navy Destroyer Sails In South China Sea Amid Chinese Combat Drills
Though the U.S. has the more powerful navy, the gap between the U.S. and China “is getting smaller and smaller each day,” McKnight said. American naval leaders are well aware of this, and they have set an expansion target of 355 combat ships by the end of the 2050s. But, according to McKnight, America simply “can’t build ships fast enough right now to keep up with the Chinese.” … [Read more...] about How Does China’s Navy Compare to the U.S?
President Donald Trump and Congress agreed in the 2018 budget policy legislation to embark on a multiyear effort to expand the Navy’s current fleet of about 275 vessels to 355. Building that many more ships could take until the 2050s, but a Pentagon official told a congressional committee earlier this month that it’s possible to do it by the 2030s by increasing the shipbuilding budget and postponing the decommissioning of some ships. … [Read more...] about Sen. Kaine: Larger Navy will be a boost for Hampton Roads if area can train enough workers